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The grounds for filing for an appeal

When individuals in Iowa are accused of a crime, their first thoughts are likely how can they clear their name? Developing a strong criminal defense is an important and crucial step to take following criminal allegations, but it is also imperative to have a full perspective on the matter. This means considering all angles and what ifs. For example, what will the defendant do if he or she is convicted of the crime? Although it is challenging to think about being convicted of the crimes you were accused of, it is vital to think about what you will do if you are convicted. Filing for an appeal can be a very lucrative and important criminal defense action.

Using the exclusionary rule in your criminal defense

Seeing the evidence pile up against you is an overwhelming and daunting situation. However, that is exactly what the prosecution wants a defendant to feel. But a defendant is not helpless just because the state has evidence against them, resulting in a criminal charge. There are ways to poke holes in the case, even suppressing some of the evidence to help reduce or dismiss the charges against the accused.

What exceptions apply to the rules for search warrants?

Being stopped by authorities is an unfortunate event for Iowa residents, but it is likely only the beginning of their situation. Whether it is a traffic stop or not, officers have the ability to initiate a search if they obtain a search warrant or meet the required exceptions for conducting a search without a warrant. No matter the situation, defendants should take the time to understand if a warrant was properly executed, or if not, what legal exception existed.

Helping you achieve your criminal defense goals

As a previous post highlighted, not all crimes are created equally. While some individuals might face criminal charges following a traffic stop or a search of their home, others could face criminal charges based on their presumed conduct in the workplace. White-collar crimes can carry serious penalties and have the tendency of destroying the accused's personal and professional reputation. Thus, it is important to take a timely and aggressive approach to protect your rights and defend against these charges.

Understanding embezzlement and its elements

White-collar crimes are sometimes looked at as lesser crimes, as they occur in a setting such as a workplace. While these crimes are different from crimes such as drug trafficking and murder, white-collar crimes can result in felony charges that carry with them serious penalties. Thus, like any criminal charge, white-collars crimes should be treated seriously, and defendants should act upon them by asserting a strong defense.

What is "mens rea" in a criminal defense?

In order to be convicted of a crime you are suspected of committing, specific elements related to that crime must be proven. This can be confusing for some defendants in Iowa, however, understanding this can help tremendously with a criminal defense. The prosecution will not only look at the actions completed or initiated by a defendant, but also evidence that could help depict what was going on in the suspected offender's mind at the time of the crime.

Iowa man faces charges after allegedly breaking into apartment

Even when an act appears to be simple or innocent, individuals could face serious criminal charges. This is especially true when a person has past convictions of the same crime. This could elevate the potential penalties, causing it to even become a felony offense. Therefore, it is important to be fully aware of these situations and what defense options are available.

What criminal defense options are available in Iowa?

Being accused of a crime is a difficult predicament to be in. It's not only tough to process, but many individuals in Iowa and elsewhere find it challenging to move forward. No matter the type or severity of crime a person is accused of, it is important to understand that each and every defendant is afforded the right to assert a defense. This not only protects the defendant's rights, but also provides them with the opportunity to reduce or dismiss the criminal charges against them.

Former Bachelor star arrested following fatal Iowa crash

Being involved in a car accident is often a scary and overwhelming experience. While many victims are worried about the condition of those involved, others are more concerned about what could happen if it is determined that they caused the crash. In some cases, the nerves of the driver get the best of them, causing them to leave the scene. However, leaving the scene of an accident could result in serious consequences, even criminal charges.

What is an illegal search and seizure?

Being accused of a crime is a serious situation for residents in Iowa and elsewhere. While it might seem to the defendant that they have little to no wiggle room when it comes to asserting a defense because the police and the state have collected much evidence against them, it is important to understand that all evidence is not credible. If evidence was not properly collected, there are options available for defendants to suppress that evidence being used against them.

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